Rising water laps over the sea wall at Battery Park, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in New York. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater... more 
Rising water laps over the sea wall at Battery Park, Sunday, Aug. 28, 2011, in New York. Hurricane Irene bore down on a dark and quiet New York early Sunday, bringing winds and rapidly rising seawater that threatened parts of the city. The rumble of the subway system was silenced for the first time in years, the city all but shut down for the strongest tropical lashing since the 1980s. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) less 
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Associated Press | Photo By Mary Altaffer
Sun, Aug 28, 2011 8:55 AM EDT